Arizona Cardinals 23
San Francisco 49ers 13
Where to start?…five turnovers…back to back fumbles, first one recovered, second one lost…one touchdown on 291 yards of offense…Anquan Boldin shut out in the first-half only to have eight catches in the second-half with six of them going for first downs….no catches for Isaac Bruce, only three for Bryant Johnson…four sacks given up by the O-Line…Cardinals offense on the field for almost all of the third quarter….Insert negative adjective here____
The San Francisco 49ers held tough in a loss yesterday…for only the first quarter. In the first the 49ers D held-off the Cardinals offense as they reached inside the 20-yardline twice resulting in two field-goal attempts, one made and the other missed by Cardinals kicker Neil Rackers. Frank Gore showed how great of a season he will have on team that will have not have a great season with his 41-yard TD run in the first quarter. After that the 49ers only scored six points which included four fumbles and one interception.
The shining light in the game was J.T. O’Sullivan looked posed as he was pressured numerous time, although sacked four times, getting off how did he do that Bret Favre like passes to Gore and Vernon Davis for minimal gains. O’Sullivan finished 14 for 20 with 195 yards passing, one interception and a QB rating of 80.2. But what plagued the 49ers again as it did all of last year was leaving the defense on the field for what seemed like all of the second half. The D was actually on the field for 25 of the last 32 minutes in the game which means they tired as the Cardinals built-up their lead. The offense rested, but you cannot score on the sidelines and by the time they got back onto the field they were down by two scores.
Biggest Turnover: It is sad when you have five turnovers to choose from but the costliest one came after a Cardinals field-goal broke a 10-10 tie. Rackers sent a pooch kickoff to Takeo Spikes who lost the football. The Cardinals only needed to go 33 yards to go up 23-10.
Final Word: It is only the first game of the season and so many teams had great and horrible games yesterday (the 49ers fall in the middle of all that) but with all of the new players on the team and the genius of the Martz System saving the 49ers non-existent offense, yesterday did offer the hope the 49er Faithful were looking for. At times yesterday they looked no better with O’Sullivan as their QB than Alex Smith, Shaun Hill or Trent Dilfer. What does give the 49ers hope is they are in the worst division in the NFL but they lost to the best team in the division.
Back before the draft I said the 49ers needed to draft WR DeSean Jackson because he was a speedy wide receiver who would give the 49ers the deep threat they thought they had in Ashley Lelie and he would fit well in the Martz System. He would also give the 49ers a great return man. They of course did not listen to me. I guess Mike Nolan and company don’t read my blog, damn you! Anyway, it was so hard to watch Jackson, drafted by the Eagles, yesterday have six catches for 106 yards and a punt returned for 60 yards. Needless to say the 49ers could have used Jackson yesterday and for the rest of the season. Oh, well.
Alex Smith: Smith maybe done for the season and done with the 49ers as he injured his surgically repaired shoulder. The team is awaiting MRI results.
Next Week: @ Seattle Seahawks